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May 11, 2004

Mark Receives William Harvey Award From American Society Of Hypertension

Allyn Mark, M.D., the Roy J. Carver Professor of Medicine, associate dean for research and graduate programs, and senior associate dean in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named the 2004 recipient of the William Harvey Award from the American Society of Hypertension (ASH).

The award is named after William Harvey (1578-1657), who developed the first accurate account of how the heart and circulatory system operated. The award is given to honor a scientist or physician for outstanding achievements in the field of hypertension. Mark will receive the award and present the Harvey Lecture during the awards session at the ASH Annual Meeting, May 21 in New York City.

Mark's research career has centered on neural control of circulation in humans. His current work focuses on the mechanisms of obesity-induced hypertension. Mark also is noted for his dedication and success in training and nurturing young scientists, particularly physician-scientists, for academic and research careers.

He received his bachelor's and medical degrees from the UI, and he completed residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Mark was appointed to the UI faculty as an assistant professor in 1969 and promoted to professor in 1975. From 1976 to 1995, he served as director of the UI Division of Cardiovascular Diseases. In 1995, he was appointed associate dean for research and graduate programs, and in 2003 he was given the additional appointment as senior associate dean.

Mark is a member of the ASH, the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research, American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the Association of Patient Oriented Research and is a former President of the Association of University Cardiologists. He was editor-in-chief of the American Heart Association journal Hypertension from 1989 to 1993.

In 2003, he received the Page-Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association.

The ASH mission is to organize and conduct educational activities designed to promote and encourage the development, advancement and exchange of scientific information in all aspects of research, diagnosis and treatment of hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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